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Splitting a Big Project into Manageable Pieces

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Make Something Bigger: Projects for Time and Travel

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. —Golda Meir

While there will always be occasions that call for quick projects, it’s good to leave room in your life for the occasional challenge. There’s going to be a moment when you’re browsing online and a new pattern catches your eye. It’s gorgeous and interesting, and it already has a growing following among the blogs. Your fingers are itching to get started. “But how,” you ask, “am I going to find time for something that big? Small finishes I can do, but that? No way.”

All that is about to change.

Splitting a Big Project into Manageable Pieces

As far as I’m concerned, a project is “big” if …

+It means a lot of hand sewing. This includes projects involving English paper piecing, embroidery, or hand quilting.

+It’s made up of quilt blocks that are difficult to piece or have lots of small pieces.

+The quilt itself is physically large, calling for a large number of blocks.

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Girl Friday Sewing Case

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Girl Friday
Sewing Case

CASE SIZE: 8½˝ × 10½˝

Back in the 1930s, a “Girl Friday” was another term for your most reliable personal assistant. You’ll feel the same way about this little sewing case, which has plenty of room for your next project, along with a handy tool pocket on the front. Get ready to travel in style!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Girl Friday Sewing Case

8½˝ × 10½˝

Making the Case

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

POCKETS

1Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket exterior and pocket lining fabrics.

2Wrong sides together, press the divided pocket rectangle in half to make a rectangle 6½˝ × 4½˝. Slip the 4½˝ × 6½˝ interfacing inside the fold, leaving the ¼˝ seam allowance at the bottom free. Fuse in place. Topstitch ¼˝ below the fold.

3Baste the divided pocket in place along the sides and bottom of the pocket lining. Sew a line down the center, backstitching at both ends, to divide it into 2 pockets.

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Starlet Mini Quilt

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Starlet
Mini Quilt

QUILT SIZE: 28˝ × 28˝

BLOCK SIZE: 24˝ × 24˝

I love making a project with giant quilt blocks. It gives me the chance to make something a little more intricate, and it only takes a few blocks to make a good-sized project. One block makes a lovely mini quilt for your wall or table, but don’t stop there. Check out Bright Idea! for more variations.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Starlet Mini Quilt

28˝ × 28˝

Making the Quilt

BLOCK ASSEMBLY

1Right sides together, pair the following 6˝ squares:

+1 pair of white/black

+2 pairs of red/black

+4 pairs of white/red

2Refer to Half-Square Triangle Quartet to make 4 half-square triangles from each pair of squares, for 28 total. Trim each to 3½˝ square.

Make 4 half-square triangles from each pair of squares.

3Follow the Block Unit Assembly diagram to make 1 center unit, 4 corner units, and 4 side units.

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Nine-Patch Pocket Pillows

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Nine-Patch
Pocket Pillows

DELUXE PINCUSHION SIZE: 5½˝ × 6½˝ with 4½˝ pocket

FIRST AID STATION SIZE: 16˝ × 16˝ with 10˝ pocket, plus 5¾˝ × 4½˝ zippered pouch and 6½˝ × 5˝ cold pack

BOOK NOOK SIZE: 26˝ × 26˝ with 20˝ pocket

This is a fairly simple project, but oh, the possibilities when you change the size and add a few accessories! Use similar construction methods but vary the size to make a pincushion, first aid station, or library cushion. A variety of Nine-Patch blocks enhance each project.

Deluxe Pincushion

5½˝ × 6½˝ with 4½˝ pocket

Make your pincushion work overtime by adding a pocket for embroidery scissors and sewing clips. A miniature Nine-Patch block is a great way to show off your favorite tiny prints.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Making the Pincushion

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

NINE-PATCH POCKET

1Arrange the 1½˝ squares into a 3 × 3 grid. Sew together to make a Nine-Patch block.

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Jet-Set Case

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Jet-Set
Case

CASE SIZE: 12˝ × 8˝ closed, 12˝ × 18˝ open

ZIPPERED POUCH SIZE: 8½˝ × 7˝

Traveling with three little girls in tow is a major event, and the only things that keep me sane are plenty of caffeine and lots of organization. Pretty little cases like this one are just the thing I need for corralling jewelry, makeup, and small toiletry items that might otherwise wander off in the midst of packing. The D-ring loop serves double duty as a closure and as a way to hang the bag when you arrive at your destination.

With a change in fabric choices, the Jet-Set Case can fill a variety of uses. Fill it with school supplies to make a deluxe pencil case. Add sewing materials to make a traveling embroidery or cross-stitch case. The ideas are endless.

Jet-Set Case

Interior, 12˝ × 18˝, provides plenty of space to carry your most important supplies. My version features the Vintage Happy collection by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.

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